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James Moran

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Converting a .docx into a 'Kindle Friendly' .htm or .html
Posted: Nov 23, 2014 5:55 AM
 
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Using Word 2013, I converted a .wpd into .docx. Then I used Word to convert an edited version of the .docx into .html. The .html did not come out well on Kindle, lots of HTML symbols were left in the text. I'm new to WORD, I assume the EXPORT menu is the proper way to convert .docx into .html. When I've used Word Perfect (with CHROME) to convert a .wpd to .htm - it has always looked reasonably good on Kindle. I also tried to send the .docx directly to KDP but that also resulted in the text having errors. Would things go more smoothly with Microsoft if I used Explorer to connect with KDP?
I wouldn't mind converting the .docx back into .wpd if Microsoft would let me open the .docx using Word Perfect.

Thank you for any thoughts on the matter,
-James Moran
Notjohn

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Re: Converting a .docx into a 'Kindle Friendly' .htm or .html
Posted: Nov 23, 2014 6:32 AM   in response to: James Moran in response to: James Moran
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Too bad the *.docx didn't convert well. (If you didn't upload it directly to the KDP, you might try that to see if it gives better results.)

The crucial thing in Word is to use Styles religiously, not to bang about paragraph by paragraph, never to use the space bar or the tab key to indent anything, and so on.

It may well be that it's Word Perfect that is fouling the Word doc. Different word processors don't always play well together.

A couple of things you might try:

1) Save the Word file in *.doc format (1997-2003 format) and paste that into word2cleanhtml dot com online. You can open the html file in Sigil and build a good epub from that. KDP accepts epubs.

OR

2) Download Jutoh or Atlantis word processor trial version and use it to open the Word doc. Save as epub. Open the epub in Sigil for tweaking and to remove the watermark if there is one. (Bit of dishonesty here.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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man2010

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Re: Converting a .docx into a 'Kindle Friendly' .htm or .html
Posted: Nov 23, 2014 6:45 AM   in response to: James Moran in response to: James Moran
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You need to do the formatting in the latest .docx format of Word. Then save the file and save it as a "web page filtered" and upload that to KDP. The basic instructions are provided in Amazon's official tutorial "Building Your Book for Kindle." As Notjohn said, you need to use paragraph styles to achieve reliable formatting. See the detailed tutorial here: http://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?messageID=335297#335297
Charlie S

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Re: Converting a .docx into a 'Kindle Friendly' .htm or .html
Posted: Nov 23, 2014 5:27 PM   in response to: James Moran in response to: James Moran
 
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The very worst manuscripts I've ever had to convert were those made by WordPerfect. Trying to get those into something editable is always challenging it seems, but I think it may depend largely on which version of WP you use.

Anyway, a couple of other things you might try is using OpenOffice Writer to open the WP file (or the docx file) and adjust your styles there. I think Writer's style palette is easier to get the hang of than Words myself. And then save as HTML from Writer. It produces better HTML than Word usually.

You might also try saving out of Writer as an an ODT file, open that with Calibre and saving as Mobi and see how that looks. Sometimes you get lucky.

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K R COTTON

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Re: Converting a .docx into a 'Kindle Friendly' .htm or .html
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 12:43 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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yes same problems them you get a load of gibberish , for excuse
William Thompson

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Re: Converting a .docx into a 'Kindle Friendly' .htm or .html
Posted: Nov 10, 2017 3:03 PM   in response to: James Moran in response to: James Moran
 
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As Charlie S advised. But if you have trouble using Calibre converting your OpenDoc document then you could perhaps try my free Sigil plugin -- OpenDocHTMLImport instead. This plugin is very easy to use and should give you an uploadable basic epub. Just follow the advice in the release notes for the plugin. You will also need to download Sigil in order to install and use this plugin.

Why not try my free Sigil plugins now available on MobileRead?

GoogleZipImport - converts Google Doc HTML directly to epub format.

NormalizeScrivEpub - reformats, finishes-off and normalizes Scrivener epubs.

CustomCleanerPlus - an epub-specific custom cleaner for both html docs and epubs

You can download all these free plugins from The Sigil Plugin Index on the MR Forum

writerbn

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Re: Converting a .docx into a 'Kindle Friendly' .htm or .html
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 5:07 AM   in response to: William Thompson in response to: William Thompson
 
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Zombie thread alert! 😱
Salamander Mall...

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Re: Converting a .docx into a 'Kindle Friendly' .htm or .html
Posted: Nov 11, 2017 7:47 AM   in response to: K R COTTON in response to: K R COTTON
 
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K R COTTON wrote:
yes same problems them you get a load of gibberish , for excuse

Is there a particular reason you're raising multiple long-dead zombie threads, or is it simply to stick your tongue out at Kindle? Why not just learn how to format your books properly?
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